Best Brazilian History Books

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1. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Author: by Candice Millard
Published at: Broadway Books; 1st edition (October 10, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0767913737

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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubtit is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.

Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon.

Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cndido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide.


2. The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World

Author: by Vincent Bevins
Published at: PublicAffairs (May 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1541742406

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020 BY NPR, THE FINANCIAL TIMES, AND GQThe hidden story of the wanton slaughter – in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world – backed by the United States.In 1965, the U.S. Government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians.

This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring copycat terror programs in faraway countries like Brazil and Chile. But these events remain widely overlooked, precisely because the CIA’s secret interventions were so successful.

In this bold and comprehensive new history, Vincent Bevins builds on his incisive reporting for the Washington Post, using recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to reveal a shocking legacy that spans the globe.

For decades, it’s been believed that parts of the developing world passed peacefully into the U.S. Led capitalist system. The Jakarta Method demonstrates that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington’s final triumph in the Cold War.


3. Opening Closed-Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil: The Story Behind the Film

Author: by Robert Drysdale
Published at: Independently published (September 26, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8680602287

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What are the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Is it merely a by-producta rebel offspringof Judo? What was the nature and content of the art that Mitsuyo Maeda, a.K.A. Count Koma, and other Japanese were teaching in the Amazon?Was it Judo?Jiu-Jitsu?

His own personal fight-tested style, built on a foundation of Judo and informed by his dozens and dozens of matches around the world? What was the bridge between the art he learned at the Kodokan and the Brazilian style that claims him as its godfather: a style now practiced by millions worldwide (and growing bigger every day)?

Should Maeda even be at the center of this story? And what role did Carlos and Hlio Gracie play in all of this? Did they “invent” BJJ? Would BJJ exist without them? And, if so, whatif anythingdid they create? And why does this history matter to the average BJJ practitioner today?

Any history possesses its official narrative with its own favorite characters and events. But true history is seldom simple, and more oft than not the real story is far richer than the popular version that is widely repeated and handed down.


4. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City

Author: by Greg Grandin
Published at: Picador; First edition (April 27, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0312429621

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Greg Grandin comes the stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the AmazonIn 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon.

His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets. Fordlandia, as the settlement was called, quickly became the site of an epic clash.

On one side was the car magnate, lean, austere, the man who reduced industrial production to its simplest motions; on the other, the Amazon, lush, extravagant, the most complex ecological system on the planet. Ford’s early success in imposing time clocks and square dances on the jungle soon collapsed, as indigenous workers, rejecting his midwestern Puritanism, turned the place into a ribald tropical boomtown.


5. Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

Author: by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Published at: University of California Press; unknown edition (November 9, 1993)
ISBN: 978-0520075375

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When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the lands of Northeast Brazil, this is an account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness and death that centres on the lives of the women and children of a hillside “favela”. Bringing her readers to the impoverished slopes above the modern plantation town of Bom Jesus de Mata, where she has worked on and off for 25 years, Nancy Scheper-Hughes follows three generations of shantytown women as they struggle to survive through hard work, cunning and triage.

It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. Most disturbing – and controversial – is her finding that mother love, as conventionally understood, is something of a bourgeois myth, a luxury for those who can reasonably expect, as these women cannot, that their infants will live.


6. Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America

Author: by Michael Reid
Published at: Yale University Press; New edition (November 14, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0300224658

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A newly updated edition of the best-selling primer on the social, political, and economic challenges facing Central and South America Ten years after its first publication, Michael Reid’s best-selling survey of the state of contemporary Latin America has been wholly updated to reflect the new realities of the Forgotten Continent.

The former Americas editor for the Economist, Reid suggests that much of Central and South America, though less poor, less unequal, and better educated than before, faces harder economic times now that the commodities boom of the 2000s is over.

His revised, in-depth account of the region reveals dynamic societies more concerned about corruption and climate change, the uncertainties of a Donald Trump-led United States, and a political cycle that, in many cases, is turning from left-wing populism to center-right governments.

This essential new edition provides important insights into the sweeping changes that have occurred in Latin America in recent years and indicates priorities for the future.


7. Latin America and the Global Cold War (The New Cold War History)

Author: by Thomas C. Field
Published at: University of North Carolina Press (May 18, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1469655697

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Latin America and the Global Cold War analyzes more than a dozen of Latin America’s forgotten encounters with Africa, Asia, and the Communist world, and by placing the region in meaningful dialogue with the wider Global South, this volume produces the first truly global history of contemporary Latin America.

It uncovers a multitude of overlapping and sometimes conflicting iterations of Third Worldist movements in Latin America, and offers insights for better understanding the region’s past, as well as its possible futures, challenging us to consider how the Global Cold War continues to inform Latin America’s ongoing political struggles.

Contributors: Miguel Serra Coelho, Thomas C. Field Jr., Sarah Foss, Michelle Getchell, Eric Gettig, Alan McPherson, Stella Krepp, Eline van Ommen, Eugenia Palieraki, Vanni Pettina, Tobias Rupprecht, David M.K. Sheinin, Christy Thornton, Miriam Elizabeth Villanueva, and Odd Arne Westad.


8. Tristes Tropiques (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Claude Levi-Strauss
Published at: Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (January 31, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0143106258

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A milestone in the study of culture from the father of structural anthropologyThis watershed work records Claude Lvi-Strauss’s search for “a human society reduced to its most basic expression.” From the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil, Lvi-Strauss found the societies he was seeking among the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib.

More than merely recounting his time in their midst, Tristes Tropiques places the cultural practices of these peoples in a global context and extrapolates a fascinating theory of culture that has given the book an importance far beyond the fields of anthropology and continental philosophy.

The author’s fresh approach, sense of humor, and openness to the sensuous mystique of the tropics make the scientific thrust of the book eminently accessible. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


9. DK Eyewitness Netherlands (Travel Guide)

Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (May 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0241409374

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Colorful canals and culture-filled cities – welcome to the Netherlands. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the exquisite art of Amsterdam’s galleries, cycle through fields of tulips or go cheese tasting in Gouda, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that the Netherlands has to offer.

The Netherlands boasts spectacular historic cityscapes interwoven by a magnificent network of canals. Between these cosmopolitan conurbations lies a beguilingly beautiful patchwork of rugged heathland, marshy fenland and windmill-dotted fields ready for you to explore. Our recently updated guide brings the Netherlands to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed breakdowns of all the must-see sights, photographs on practically every page, and our hand-drawn illustrations which place you inside the country’s iconic buildings and neighborhoods.

You’ll discover: our pick of the Netherland’s must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems-the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay-detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy-easy-to-follow itineraries-expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe-color-coded chapters to every part of the Netherlands, from Amsterdam to Utrecht, Zeeland to LimburgWant the best of Amsterdam in your pocket?

10. The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories Series)

Author: by Marshall C. Eakin
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (June 12, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1403980816

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This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century.

The collision of peoples and cultures-Native Americans, Europeans, Africans-that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.

11. A Concise History of Brazil (Cambridge Concise Histories)

Author: by Boris Fausto
Published at: Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (August 11, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1107635241

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The second edition of A Concise History of Brazil offers a sweeping yet accessible history of Latin America’s largest country. Boris Fausto examines Brazil’s history from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World through the long and sometimes rocky transition from independence in 1822 to democracy in the twentieth century.

In a completely new chapter, his son Sergio Fausto, a prominent political scientist, brings the history up to the present, focusing on Brazil’s increasing global economic importance as well as its continued democratic development and the challenges the country faces to meet the higher expectations of its people.

12. Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America

Author: by Edward Telles
Published at: University of North Carolina Press; 1St Edition (October 22, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1469617831

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Pigmentocracies-the fruit of the multiyear Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA)-is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America’s most populous nations. Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by PERLA, this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness, all set within an ethnoracial history of each country.

A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policymaking and public opinion in Latin America. Edward Telles, PERLA’s principal investigator, explains that profound historical and political forces, including multiculturalism, have helped to shape the formation of ethnic identities and the nature of social relations within and across nations.

13. Brazil: Five Centuries of Change, 2nd Edition (Latin American Histories)

Author: by Thomas E. Skidmore
Published at: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (June 4, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0195374551

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Revised and updated in this second edition, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change vividly traces the development of Brazil over the last 500 years.Author Thomas E. Skidmore, a preeminent authority on Brazil, provides a lively political and economic narrative while also including relevant details on society and culture.

Skidmore’s major revision of the colonial chapters begins with the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Alvares Cabral and includes Portugal’s remarkable command of the vast country in the face of Spanish, French, and Dutch colonial interests. The text goes on to cover the move of the Portuguese monarchy to Brazil in 1808, the country’s independence in 1822, establishment of the Empire within the context of expansion of the coffee trade, the importance of slavery in nineteenth-century Brazil, and the move towards abolition.

This second edition offers an unparallelled look at Brazil in the twentieth century, including in-depth coverage of the 1930 revolution and Vargas’s rise to power; the ensuing unstable democratic period and the military coups that followed; and the reemergence of democracy in 1985.

14. Capoeira: A Brazilian Art Form: History, Philosophy, and Practice

Author: by Bira Almeida
Published at: Blue Snake Books; 2nd edition (February 1, 1993)
ISBN: 978-0938190295

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Capoeira weaves fighting, music, dance, prayer, and ritual into an urgent strategy by which people live, struggle, celebrate, and survive together. In this book Bira Almeida-or Mestre Acordeon as he is respectfully called in capoeira circles-documents his own tradition with both the panoramic eye of the historian and the passionate heart of the capoeirista.

He transports the reader from the damn of New World history in Brazil to the streets of twentieth-century Bahia (the spiritual home of capoeira) to the giant urban centers of North America (wher capoeira is now spreading in new lineages from the old masters).

This book is valuable for anyone interested in ethnocultural traditions, martial arts, and music, as well as for those who want to listen to the words of an actual mestre dedicated to preserving his Afro-Brazilian legacy.

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DK Eyewitness Austria (Travel Guide)

Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (May 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0241409336

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Your journey starts here. Featuring DK’s much-loved maps and illustrations, walks and information, plus all new, full-color photography, this 100% updated guide to Austria brings you the best of this cultural country in a brand-new, lightweight format.What’s inside? Full-color photography, hand-drawn illustrations, and maps throughout- easy-to-follow walks, drives, and itineraries – our pick of Austria’s must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems- insider tips and information: when to visit, how to avoid the crowds, where to capture the perfect photo, and more- the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay- an area-by-area guide covering each corner of Austria, from Vienna to Burgenland, Styria to Carinthia- expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safeNow in paperback and printed on quality lightweight paper, our Austria travel guide has been redesigned with you, the traveller, in mind, so you can take it wherever you go.

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